Since my first Airbnb experience with a recent bride in South Florida, I have stayed in a handful of other Airbnbs in various states. This painting was done at an Airbnb in upstate New York. Again the host was an artist, which is a common trend as hosting is a relatively easy way to supplement income. Not much is required; a spare bedroom in a clean home. This simple concept has made Airbnb the largest hospitality company without owning any property or being responsible for any upkeep. It replaced the bricks and mortar hospitality business with crowdsourcing.
A large reason for this growth, in my opinion, is because the present generation is so environmentally aware. Reuse, reduce, recycle. Airbnb is a way to reuse existing homes as well as reduce waste.
In addition, many young people today dislike giving money to huge corporations. They would rather keep the economic cycle small and local. By staying at an Airbnb, everyday people earn direct profit.
The third benefit of Airbnb, which was big for this man in Millerton, was the experience itself. To him, like many others of this generation, experiences are more important than belongings. By renting out a room, you get the experience of meeting new people. This, of course, works both as host and guest.